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Paul Daley Released from Strikeforce Contract

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Paul Daley at UFC 108UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley, anxious to pursue other career options, has been granted his release from his contract with Strikeforce.

Daley’s manager, Wad Alameddine of Fight Management Limited, on Saturday informed MMAWeekly.com of his client’s contractual status in a prepared statement.

Daley fought just four times for Strikeforce since signing on for his second tour of duty with the promotion in late 2010, amassing a 1-3 record. He did supplement those bouts by also fighting for BAMMA in England and Ringside MMA in Canada when it didn’t conflict with Strikeforce’s schedule.

Daley’s last two Strikeforce bouts were nine months apart. He fought one other time for the promotion, back in 2007.

“I’m happy that Strikeforce has granted my request to be released from their roster as I found it difficult to fight so infrequently,” said Daley. “My whole career I’ve wanted to fight as often as possible as it keeps me in the best form and condition.

“I felt that I put on nothing but entertaining fights while at the organization. The KO’s of Ludwig and Scott Smith were some great memories for me, as well as the back and forth fight of the year I had with Nick Diaz.  My manager has already started speaking to some promotions about my future today following the official release papers from Strikeforce, and I’m looking forward to the next part in my journey.”

Despite his rocky road with Strikeforce, Daley has amassed a 29-12-2 overall record, highlighted by 20 knockouts. He’s an exciting, if not brash, fighter that can be controversial, but usually leaves people talking.

He is perhaps most infamous for his cheap shot of Josh Koscheck following their UFC 113 bout in Montreal. That incident led to Daley’s subsequent exile from the Octagon by UFC president Dana White.

“I am personally disappointed to see Paul leave Strikeforce,” added Alameddine. “He is without question one of the most charismatic personalities and talented MMA athletes to come out of the UK.  We have parted ways with Strikeforce on good terms.

“Now that Paul is a free agent, I’m expecting plenty of interest in him from promotions both within the sport of MMA and K-1 Kickboxing, as he’s interested in competing in both.  With his strong fan-following and exciting fight style I expect Semtex to be very busy wherever we go next.”


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Best of luck to him.

  • KingSlaughter

    smart move…strikeforce is only going down from here

  • fjc1113

    I’ve never been a fan of Semtex but he has so much potential. If he coul put it all together he would be unstoppable. I guess him and marquardt won’t happen ever now

  • tonyspain

    Dumb move! In fact a very very DUMB move. Where else does this genius think he’s going to go that will pay him any kind of money? The UFC is the ONLY game in town. This guy IS as dumb as he looks!

    • elguapo

      He will never be allowed to fight in the UFC again after the koscheck incident. Now the UFC owns strike force, there’s probably limited options for him there now. Personally, I love watching Semtex fight but he could never be a champ cos he just can’t wrestle. His win over kampmann in the UFC was awesome, kampmann was out cold on his feet.

  • markrenton

    It’s really a shame about this guy, as he could be a real force with a good wrestling trainer. After brutally knocking out Hazlett and Kampmann, that loss to Koscheck could have only been a minor set back/wake up call to work on his wrestling. The cheap shot he threw in that fight cost him more than he’ll probably ever understand. Not too sure about what options he’s going to have now…Maybe he can get a deal with Bellator, get out wrestled by Ben Askren for 5 rounds and then punch him in the face after the bell.

    Just read that he also missed 6 times in his last 14 fights.

  • joan

    Paul Daley its done, he’s never going to fight in the UFC, never again. – Dana White.